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Pointers[edit]

open tasks:

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Sign on talk pages with four tildes.

Thruston 10:57, 11 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Highlighting and sentences[edit]

New articles should begin with a complete sentence. The title word/phrase should first appear in bold

List of Munros[edit]

Great work with the maps for list of Munros. Just one thought, I think a bit of colour might make them even better. I've uploaded a version of section 1, what do you think? I am more than happy to do this for your other (excellent) maps. Grinner 09:08, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC)

OK I must admit that your technical discussion lost me somewhat. I coloured the map using Paint! I will probably colour the rest this afternoon - I've not got a lot on at the moment. ;-) I'm sorry but I can;t help with your technical needs, but good luck, and replace my crude versions when you work out how to do it! Grinner 10:47, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC)
The new contour maps are brilliant, just wanted to let you know! Grinner 08:04, May 11, 2005 (UTC)

Punting[edit]

You have made large contributions to this article (appreciated) but I am concerned as the style of writing seems more "informal guide" than "encyclopædia". I hope you didn't just copy straight from the reference books (as this would be a copyright violation), but if you could possibly rewrite your contributions in a suitable way that would be great. ed g2stalk 00:29, 2 May 2005 (UTC)

Thanks, not that I didn't find the piece amusing, but most of those comments can be considered POV. In its current state it would be more suitable for a wikibook or something. ed g2stalk 12:22, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

Hi Thruston, I see what you mean about my contribution on punt poles. I'll work on something a bit more balanced - the POV in favour of wooden poles seems to be that general held by puntsman in Cambridge, and some of it comes from a conversation with the puntsmen of my college. I'll start making the changes now. MikeMorley 14:16, 13 July 2005 (UTC)

Andrew Strauss[edit]

"Fancy footwork" :) -- ALoan (Talk) 10:02, 17 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Oxford[edit]

I like your idea of smartening up tourist attraction, viewing 'Cat - Visitor attractions in Oxfordshire' is a bit boring, I'm not sure which way round to approach it, presumably Cat' pages are auto pick ups from Cat' markers, so editing that might cause maintenance problems. Any suggestions as I would like to help make it better.Alf 21:01, 24 Jun 2005 (UTC) ooops - giving you a direct link put you on the Cat' page. : ) Alf 21:04, 24 Jun 2005 (UTC) hmm that edit didn't work either : )Alf 21:08, 24 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Pickwick[edit]

Yeah, it wasn't the VfD decision. But now that I think about it, if you want to use your editorial discretion and keep the merge/redir in place, I don't think anyone would mind. Just be sure to fix the disambiguation as well. Regards, Dmcdevit·t 19:32, August 5, 2005 (UTC)

Munro images again[edit]

Hi. It seems you've not put the PD tag onto Image:Munro-map-sec3.png and Image:Munro-map-sec4.png. The commons people are terribly strict about image tags, you you might want to tag them before someone there deletes them altogether.

I have to ask - what are you using to render the topographic info? I'm stuck using Panmap (which is horrid), so I'm looking for something more full-featured. -- Finlay McWalter | Talk 19:38, August 29, 2005 (UTC)

You are famous[edit]

Check [1].--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:45, 16 February 2006 (UTC)

Yes, judging by your errors it's a clear case of journalist errors and defamation. I'd suggest that you 1) send an email to Times demanding apology and correction 2) ask at our IRC channel or some high-profile forum (Wikipedia:Village pump) what else to do.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:04, 17 February 2006 (UTC)
For what it's worth, I blogged about you :) --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 02:23, 17 February 2006 (UTC)

Hi Thruston, I've written a nice little letter to go to another paper (Independent OK with you?). Excuse me doing this, but it was a general attack on Wikipedia, so I feel any of us can defend it. Anyway, I take your name in vain, so you get to yay or nay this. Or amend it. See what you think :-) JackyR 06:55, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Hi, a cute story about one of your rivals and Wikipedia.

On 12 February this year, the Sunday Times ran a short piece about how Wikipedia is full of graffiti-type rubbish by vandals. It even named some, described their attacks in detail and said that full details of what the vandals had written "can still be read by anyone logging on and viewing the history of updates."
Unfortunately, the Sunday Times writer (Maurice Chittenden) did not actually, er, do this. I've checked the edit history, and Chittenden's statements about one Thruston are verifiably false. In fact, they're detailed, circumstantial, and complete cobblers.
Which leaves us with two publications which contain false information. One comes with obvious caveats and the facility to remove false statements. And the other pretends to be a fully reliable source, and is notoriously cumbersome to correct (even if a correction is made in a subsequent edition, someone could pick up an archive copy of the false story and not know there was correction - unlike Wikipedia).
Full details: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2036558,00.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2006-02-20/In_the_news
And if you want to check it all manually, go to the Wikipedia article on "Tony Blair", hit the "History" tab, and keep paging back to 16:43, 7 February.

Classics[edit]

Hi,

I run the classical civilisations portal on wikipedia, and am looking for advice on what to add next, or commentary on how i've done so far; I'm only as A-level student, and i wondered of you knew more about classics.

many thanks

Pydos 12:02, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Naturally. I'd appreciate any help. In the meanwhile i'll write a re-direct to the portal with the 'z' spelling - i can only blame my teacher! Thanks Pydos 10:46, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes I learn that only recently, when I was doing my Eng lang coursework. I had, however, not appreciated that that this always happened with the 'ize' phoneme, so i thought (stupidly) that this would be 'economize' but otherwise 'economisation'. In the meanwhile I blame my teacher. Pydos 16:20, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

Image copyright problem with Image:Punt-medium.png[edit]

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Re: Money[edit]

I just found your synopsis of Martin Amis' Money. Great job. Thanks for all the hard work.

Punting in France[edit]

Hi & thanks for picking up on this sloppy entry. I have punted on Venise Verte (usually only the boat-hiring folk do it themselves, for you). The boats are much shorter (therefore less directional stability) and the whole thing appear to be a bit more 'rustic'. I suppose, really, that it is remarkably similar, so I've reworded. Let me know what you think Punt (boat). Ballista 02:22, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

I've now had a go at being more 'encyclopedic' - Thanks Ballista 03:37, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

About changes in Biostatistics[edit]

Yeah, what you said sounds right. Sorry for the delay responding. Enrique Vargas 16:30, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

Battle of Glenshiel[edit]

I've just come across this piece and your comment on the talk page. You're right-it's awful! You clearly have not had the time to attend to the problem yourself, so I will see waht I can do in the very near future. Rcpaterson 00:49, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

Erosion[edit]

Your point on human overuse is right on target. ive amended the article accordingly. see my more elaborate comments on the article talk page. Anlace 01:13, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Citing William of Ockham[edit]

Just wanted to make sure that you saw this response on Wikipedia talk:Template messages/Sources of articles/Generic citations from Ligulem.

Exactly for these special cases is the "author" param. The idea behind the first last thing is, that usually the information tuple (last,year) can be used as an identification. So everything that is not last should go into first. And if you don't know what do, put everything into author. And if these templates here don't fit at all, don't use them. And keep in mind that on this wiki here, there is no requirement to use these templates. There are even Wikipedians, that don't like them at all. That's probably one of the reasons why you were reverted. The citation templates can only be used on a per article consensus. But don't go around removing the citation temlates from articles. There is no consensus for that either. --Ligulem 12:38, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

So basically you would replace last and first with author such as:

{{cite book
 | author = William of Ockham
 | authorlink = William of Ockham
 | title = Quodlibeta septem 
 | origdate = before 1327
 | publisher = Paris
 | year = 1487
}}

to get:

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Note that this is an unusual case also because the publisher is not known but the location is - so I put the location and date as the publisher - since the publisher is a prerequisite to the location field. --Trödel 13:22, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Actually - I was wrong - there is also an original date field - I have updated above to make it work better --Trödel 13:36, 30 June 2006 (UTC)
You're welcome - I agree with the comment son the talk page, though, using cite book is probably not the easiest thing to do in this case. --Trödel 19:17, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Munro Images[edit]

I really like the maps that you have created for the List of Munros. What software have you used to produce them? They look a lot like the kind of maps that GMT can produce, but if they are, I'd be interested to know what coastline data you're using as your dataset includes far more lakes than anything I can find — for example, in the map of region 4, the best dataset I can find includes Linnhe, Etive, Blackwater, Ericht and Lochy, but not Ossian, Treig, Moy or Laggan. -- ras52 11:48, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

Prof Bundy[edit]

Thanks. I do know there is always the possibility that somebody will add things out of vanity. I have set eyes on Colin Bundy once, so I don't think I count in that category. However, I did think it was a little, er, gratuitous (?) of somebody to list Winston Churchill among the alumni of the University of Bristol so I removed him, pointing out that a Chancellor is not really an alumnus. I reasoned that alumni bring honour to the university while chancellorships are more a way of the university honouring a public figure (albeit in return for some glamour). I must check to see if the Duke of Edinburgh is down as a Cambridge alumnus or the Queen Mother and Princess Royal as London alumnae. (And perhaps should check the actual meaning of alumnus before I go accusing people of not being one). Regarding the former college barman whom you seem to wish to remove from that list, couldn't he be dropped on the technicality that he (presumably) didn't matriculate?--Oxonian2006 00:00, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Merton userbox[edit]

I have mocked up a new Merton userbox (you are the only other person using it).

What do you think? --Danrees 14:27, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

WP:Lon[edit]

Hi Thruston!

Just thought I'd say hi and thanks for signing up to WikiProject London. The scope of the WikiProject is absolutely massive, and there is really are limitless ways in which you can contribute. Furthermore, we are looking to shake up the WikiProject in order to make it more relevant and give it more clarity - feel free to edit the WikiProject page to add new tasks or highlight any current issues. Anything you see from other WikiProjects or pages could be good!

Overall, it's great you have joined and I look forward to many successful collaborations in the future!

Cheers, DJR (T) 20:47, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

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Punt construction image[edit]

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